Tooth Extractions

Dentist in Schaumburg, IL

Pulling teeth, as the saying goes, doesn’t have to be a prolonged, negative experience. At our state-of-the-art Schaumburg dentistry office, we can perform tooth extractions quickly and without much discomfort to treat a host of dental problems, including advanced stages of gum disease. Patients who suffer from broken, cracked or excessively damaged teeth (that aren’t good candidates for a root canal) will benefit from this straightforward procedure.

Dr. Walther or Dr. Mathew may recommend extractions, also called exodontias, in these situations:

  • When wisdom teeth, or third molars, emerge as non-functional and/or misaligned.
  • If a candidate for dentures only has a few worn or compromised remaining teeth on an arch, we may recommend extractions so a full denture can be placed.
  • Patients, often younger children, may have impacted teeth positioned to emerge out of alignment, or teeth that block others from erupting.
  • Orthodontic patients with overcrowded mouths that require more space along the jaw line to properly align the teeth.

When coming to us for a tooth extraction, expect to have a thorough examination, including X-rays, before we determine the proper course of action. We understand that you may feel apprehensive, so we are dedicated to providing answers to any question you may have prior to the procedure. Plan to discuss with us your medical history, any past extractions and associated problems with excessive bleeding, and any medications you take. In most cases, except for those simple cases where the tooth is visible above the gum line, we may refer you to an oral surgeon.

On the day of your extraction, we will administer anesthesia to the area and carefully rock the tooth back and forth to expand the socket and loosen the ligaments. You will feel pressure; however, you should be numb to any real discomfort. Following the tooth extraction, it is recommended that patients avoid rinsing, spitting, sucking through straws, hot foods, cigarettes or alcohol during the first 24 hours. If alveolar osteitis (dry socket) occurs, we will recommend an immediate course of action. You should also adhere to a liquid diet during the first day and use clean gauze, or even tea bags, to pack the wound. Remember, a small amount of bleeding is normal, and ice and acetaminophen will help with the swelling and discomfort.

After 24 hours, you’ll begin a regimen of gentle salt water rinses and resume your normal oral hygiene routine, taking care to avoid the empty socket and the adjacent teeth. Within two weeks, you should feel significantly better and begin to enjoy the benefits of your new smile.